Dekatron kitchen timer


[Eschlaep] put together this beautiful kitchen timer using a dekatron. We see all kinds of tube projects, but dekatron projects are fairly rare. The over all aesthetic is quite nice, though we’d be tempted to find a way to protect that high voltage circuit.

[via the Hack a Day flickr pool]


  1. I’d never heard of a dekatron before, but it looks pretty damn cool. I’m surprised more people don’t use them to count the seconds on a nixie clock

  2. spiffed says:

    In you can see that they’ve mounted the PIC to the top side of the board by routing a large recess in the middle, bending the legs flat, and soldering.

  3. strider_mt2k says:

    Really cool!

    So unique!

  4. morcheeba says:

    That’s cool… I’d never heard of a dekatron. It’s like a stepper motor, except that it uses gas instead of a rotor. And it glows, which is always a plus :-)

  5. Ziegler says:
  6. nubie says:

    I just can’t believe that this hasn’t been used as the entire floor of a level in a video game!

    At least one of the Myst games, or Uru.

    It would be pretty cool to have a level that is inside one of these (another genre that hasn’t taken off, the ‘honey I shrunk the kids’ game).

    Very awesome, makes me wish I had one of those timers.

  7. ragnar says:

    Never heard of them before, funny enough. But very nice project!

  8. McMike says:

    Ace! I’ve got a whole box of those damn things but up to now i’ve not had a clue what to do with them all…but now I know!

  9. Tomasito says:

    That is pretty cool. I love this kind of old tube projects.

    Look at this:

    A calculator wich uses dekatrons and nixie tubes. It’s the first electronic calculator!

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